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TE Connectivity M8/M12 Cable Assembly Solutions

M8/M12 cable assemblies provide robust performance in Fieldbus networks

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced the M8/M12 cable assembly system, part of a robust cable-assembly solution for Fieldbus data communications, complementing its sensor/actuator cable assemblies for industrial networks.

The new A- and B-coded M8/M12 cable assembly system by TE Connectivity conforms to the specifications of the Profibus, DeviceNet and CC-link protocols, offering multiple options for a variety of needs. The M8/M12 features 360° shielding against EMI for complete protection of signal and data transmissions and are rated IP67 for resistance to dust and water.

The TE Connectivity M8/M12 cable assemblies are overmolded in either PVC or halogen-free polyurethane cables, suitable for drag chain applications or torsional stress, depending on the requirements of the application. The connector system comes in standard cable-length options from 0.5m to 15m.

Assemblies can be produced in many customer-specific plug-and-play configurations to provide design flexibility and enable quick installation in most industrial environments.

Fieldbus, the most widely used network technology for connector systems in industrial automation and process control, accounts for 42% of the industrial network market and continues to grow at around 6% per year. Most of the growth is from installations of Profibus technology.

Particularly useful in applications around the base of the automation pyramid, Fieldbus is a critical element of the Industrial Internet of Things, for devices which do not require large bandwidth but which benefit from having power and signals in the same cable.

TE Connectivity M8/M12 Cable Assembly Solutions

M8/M12 Cable Assembly Features

  • Rated for 100 mating cycles
  • Voltage and current ratings:
    • 250V/4A for 2- and 4-pole assemblies
    • 60V/4A for 5-pole assemblies
  • Cable length options: 0.5m, 1m, 2m, 4m, 6m, 8m, 10m, 15m

M8/M12 Cable Assembly Applications

  • Industrial communications
  • Industrial machinery
  • Industrial automation
  • Machine tools
  • Robotics
  • Material handling
  • Process control systems



M12 Industrial Ethernet Cable Assemblies

TE Connectivity (TE) has extended its line of industrial Ethernet cable assemblies to include M12 assemblies as well as its existing M8 Ethernet cabling. The TE Connectivity assemblies are compatible with the Profinet, EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP & SERCOS-III industrial Ethernet protocols.

In the TE range are Ethernet assemblies which can withstand up to 1 million flexes, or which resist machine oils, abrasion and UV radiation. A compact full-metal housing with crimp flange/crimp sleeve provides 360° shielding against EMI.

The hexagonal crimp of the sleeve gives a vibration-resistant and torsion-proof cable strain relief, in accordance with IEC 61 373, Category 1, Class B, as well as safe shield termination.

  • 100Mbits/s maximum data-transfer rate
  • Cable length options from 0.5m to 30m

TE Connectivity M12 Industrial Ethernet Cable Assemblies



M8/M12 Sensor/Actuator Cable Assemblies

TE Connectivity (TE) offers M8/M12 sensor cable assemblies for applications such as robotics and production equipment, are ideally-used in extreme temperatures and harsh environments.

The TE sensor cable assemblies can be installed quickly, helping to reduce downtime and maintain continuous operation in critical areas.

The M8/M12 sensor cable assemblies have a protection rating of IP67, which means they are dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 1m. They also protect against EMI, chemicals and mechanical stress.

Customers can choose between single and double-ended cable assemblies, including M8/M12 versions. M12 configurations are available with two, three, four, five or eight poles, while M8 configurations have three or four poles.

Options include straight or angled connectors and shielded and non-shielded variants.

TE Connectivity M8/M12 Sensor/Actuator Cable Assemblies

Sensor/Actuator Cable Assembly Features

  • Standard cable lengths: 0.5m, 1m, 1.5m, 3m, 5m, 7m and 10m
  • Compatible with TE’s male/female connectors and I/O modules

Sensor/Actuator Cable Assembly Applications

  • Industrial communications
  • Machinery
  • Automation
  • Machine tools
  • Process control systems
  • Vision systems
  • Factory equipment